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Mona Dajani- Owner

Member since: 2002
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Speaks: english, french

Lakefront Secluded Luxe Wooded- HotTub,boats, Firplcs, WIFI- 90 min frm Chicago!

18 Reviews
Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Overview

Southwest Michigan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Lakefront SFH,,2 baths, hotub, 2 firep, firepit, WIFI,boats, 90 min fm Chicago!

- - Featured in New York Times' Escape Section - -

Fabulous Year Round LakeFront Retreat located outside of Union Pier in in the Heart of the Southwest Michigan's Wine Country in Baroda!

Sanctuiare is a Secluded Year-Round luxury Lakefront Get-Away with incredibly pristine natural surroundings, large wrap around decks, 47 inch plasma TV, Bose surround sound, BBQ and deluxe lakefront near Union Pier. Spectacular 25k Hot tub.....childproofed with crib and highchairs...

The location of this cabin in the valley on top of a small knoll overlooking a lake, will take your breath away. The home sits on a full acre providing lots of privacy and quiet. Sit back, relax and enjoy the lake views from the expansive living room windows or on a lounge on the sunny deck. Sanctuaire encompasses the home inviting you to enjoy hiking, biking, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing right out the front door. The yard is large (not fenced), landscaped with native plants and in the heart of wine country.

Inside this home all the walls are cedar and there is a striking stone fireplace making the ambiance warm and cozy. The kitchen is open to the living and dining area and is fully equipped for any family meal.

Architecturally exciting and beautifully furnished the ultimate in privacy and luxury. 'Sanctuaire” offers a spectacular retreat with 2 BR, 2 BA, a *loft, and 3rd small bedroom that has a small gym.

The loft is a partial second floor, reached by a staircase, with a wood-burning fireplace, all leading to an incredible view of the lake. This area provides a comfortable viewing area of the lake as well as the third sleeping space with two twin beds. The kitchen has with every convenience. The house is replete with wood paneling, hardwood floors, oriental rugs, and original art.

One Queen floor futon and Queen roll out bed in the loft allow sleeping for an additional two people, so the house can sleep 10 at capacity ( with extra charges). Also- the house is childproofed with two high chairs and a crib!

'Sanctuaire' with approx. 2000 square feet of living space provides for an open and airy retreat, three skylights, and a panoramic view through walls of glass, all giving a tree house ambiance. This exceptional home also features wool carpeting, a beautiful stone fireplace in the living room, and a variety of first class amenities. Be surrounded by fine bed linens.

The master bedroom, with wall-to-wall windows overlooking the lake, has a King-sized bed with Sterling and Foster mattress, and a magnificent master bath with a deep tub Jacuzzi. There is a separate guest room with a queen bed and its own bathroom.

A secret path from the house to the lake leads to your use of own pier (and the use of your own 2 boats) and the lake frontage.

On more than a forested acre surrounded on two sides by the bohemian groves, with extensive decks, and landscaping designed for year-round beauty. This unique retreat features a spectacular hot tub/spa for 6 that overlooks the lake. This hot tub is state-of-the-art with fiber optic lights surrounding the entire spa that light up the steam and the water in a variety of different colors for your complete relaxation and enjoyment.

The ideal place is for four-season fun as we are close to several mountains for ski weekends and winter retreats. The lake, when frozen, can be wonderful for snow shoeing and/or skating.

Canoe and rowboat are available, free of charge. FREE WIFI, LONG/Local Calls, and Laundry are FREE (includes laundry soap and fabric softner) for all our guests. This beautiful home is secluded, yet only minutes drive to the local wineries, Lake Michigan, Union Pier, St. Joseph, Warren Dunes, Grand Mere State Park, Public Golf courses and bicycle and hiking trails and 45 minutes to Saugatuck! The decks have an abundance of outdoor furniture, an outdoor fireplace, and lots of sunshine.

'Sanctuaire' is spectacular in its variety of landscapes and recreational opportunities. Enjoy the breathtaking lakefront views with your own private sanctuary away from the traffic, stress, noise, safety problems, and the noisy tourists..

We invite you to visit and share in the historic magic. Be captivated by the warmth of 'Sanctuaire'!

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Mona Dajani- Owner (Owner)
Member since: 2002
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french

About Mona Dajani- Owner

Hello and thank you for looking at our property! Over the years we have used this house for our family and extended family so it feels like our HOME away Home. We give you, our guests, the personal touch from the moment you make your reservation. Renting our vacation home has been a fantastic experience—largely because of all the interesting guests we’ve hosted! How else would we have met famous authors, sommeliers, not to mention the dozens of other families and friends who have made 'Sanctuaire' their home away from home for many years? We bought the property many years ago as a 'retreat' from the grind of being big-law lawyer in Chicago. We extensively renovated the house to feel like our family home in Aspen, Colorado- yet closer to Chicago. We are blessed with the property and has been a direct positive correlation between our personal and professional lives.

Our family of four lives in Chicago and your contact, Mona, works as an attorney (the nice kind). We enjoy renting vacation homes ourselves.

We’re avid outdoor family of hikers, swimmers, sailors,snowboarders, skiers and kayakers! Mona, a former Chef in France, loves to cook and invite family and friends to share in her fresh farm to table food and wine pairings!

Over the many years, our family and friends simply cherish, love and enjoy 'Sanctuaire' and we offer it to select guests. It has very positive energy. We are meticulous about its maintenance, appearance, and appeal. We have both legal and business experience representing hotels all over the world. Through our commitment, legal & business experience, Sanctuaire has established a business relationship with our guests that will last a lifetime.

Mona Dajani- Owner purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Mona Dajani- Owner chose Southwest Michigan

We love the location- very close to Chicago and our extended families in Michigan! Its quiet, secluded and private. Away from the tourists in Union Pier and New Buffalo. There is a cleansing energy about the place. Simple, So peaceful and in connection with nature. Feels far away from urban life. We live in the city of Chicago- a concrete jungle with little privacy and small yards. We fell in love with Sanctuaire since it is blessed with magnificent natural beauty and located in the one most popular and desirable locations in Southwest Michigan, Sanctuaire is surrounded by clear spring waters with towering dunes and wineries are a sight to behold!

Sanctuire is nestled in the heart of the Michigan's wine country . Sanctuaire is home to some of America’s favorite vacation and recreation locations. Enjoy world-famous beaches, wineries, hiking, biking trails, water sports, skiing, dining, shopping, and more! With so many activities to choose from, there is something to keep everyone in your group entertained! At Sanctuaire, we recommend fun things to do with your days and to arrange special ventures (from dinner reservations to personal helicopter rides). Whatever you desire, we are here to assist you!We want to make sure that you have everything you need to fully enjoy your dream vacation. One of things that sets us apart is our Concierge Services. If you are interested in any of these added amenities, please reach out to us prior to your stay.

What makes this cottage unique

We truly want our guests to love Sanctuaire and the surrounding Southwest Michigan area as much as we do! As we are both skilled chefs, we equipped the kitchen to feature everything you would need to prepare a great meal. We even offer wonderful recipes, easy meals that will delight your taste buds and give you energy for days' activities!. We also love our private and clean hot tub overlooking the lake!We have guests who have never traveled to Southwest Michigan and are sometimes a little nervous and so I try to make them familiar before they arrive by knowing what to expect. Also- When you book with us, you will receive more than just a great house however, you will receive customized service tailored to your specific desires. Lastly, please know all utilities, TVs, the hot tub, etc. will be checked-in 24 hrs prior to your arrival; and the porch light will be turned on so you will be welcomed by a warm and inviting environment. So, we welcome your inquiry and invite you to ask us all your questions and express all your vacation wishes so we can make your experience in Sanctuaire perfection! Also know that Mona is a big law attorney with many years experience in renting luxury vacation rental properties. You can trust that Sanctuaire will be exceptionally clean, welcoming, with top of the line accommodations. You do get what you Pay for!

Guestbook comments from the owner

HI Mona- I'm back in Afghanistan. Thank you for a wonderful stay at Sanctuaire. My family loved it!



The house was wonderful, a dream come true. I set up the camera one morning in the rain and pointed it at the lake to capture the peace and serenity of Sanctuaire, just so I could have a piece of it to take back here with me.





Thank you for allowing my family and I to share your little piece of heaven!

https://www.homeaway.com/haod/121.304919.409433/reviews/list.html#!



Paul
May 2013
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Lakefront Secluded Luxe Wooded- HotTub,boats, Firplcs, WIFI- 90 min frm Chicago!
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews
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Sanctuaire

  • 5 of 5

We just came back from spending a long fall weekend at Sanctuaire. We've coming to Sanctuaire for the last several years since it is so close to our home to Chicago and a relaxing retreat. The website does not do Sanctuaire justice- its much better when you are there! Its stunning.

Also- we've rented vacation homes before and deal with owners/rental agencies who have no clue how to treat its guests. Sanctuaire is run like a Swiss watch. Sanctuaire is very professional and well maintained. I think it is a bargain when you understand everything you are getting- a beautiful home, amazing private outdoor hot tub, and lovely touches for the guests.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2007
  • Stayed: Sep 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect escape from the city

  • 5 of 5

Very lovely home, comfortable with gorgeous open fires and spectacular hot tub. Easy and straightforward rental experience. Will be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Relaxing weekend away from Chicago with amazing foliage!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spend Halloween weekend at Sanctuaire with 2 friends driving from Chicago. The property is absolutely beautiful and the trees were at peak foliage. Our black lab loved jumping off of the pier into the lake and the woods provided enough privacy that we didn't feel like we were right next to the neighbors. The home has a very cozy cottage feel and has everything you need, including kitchen supplies and shower supplies. Our favorite parts were definitely the wood burning fireplace and the hot tub! Overall, we had a wonderful weekend. The home sleeps 6, but there are only 2 bedrooms, so unless you're traveling with children, I wouldn't recommend more than 2 couples. You'll notice that the house comes with quite a list of rules to follow, but for the most part, it's all self-explanatory and expected when you rent a vacation home. I would definitely recommend Sanctuaire!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Setting

  • 5 of 5

Our stay could not have been better! Sanctuaire was the perfect setting for our family retreat, and it accomplished exactly what we wanted at a very special place. There was enough for everyone to come together if they wanted and have some space if they needed it, and that made all the difference. In the end, we cooked and cleaned and relaxed together, and it was truly magical. The pre-arrival grocery shopping was a huge help, as we were all busy from travelling from all over and rather exhausted. We tried to tidy up as much as possible before we left - thanks for the late checkout, it allowed us to enjoy Monday evening. Thanks again for everything.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Refreshed and recharged

  • 5 of 5

Great time. Private. Everything was excellent about the house and prompt responsiveness. Much better than website. Everything excellent and would recommend again and come back!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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20/10! Over the top perfect stay!

  • 5 of 5

Our first trip to Southwest Michigan. There was a family wedding in New Buffalo. Flying from the east coast we decided to make a vacation out of the trip. We could not have been more pleased with our selection of Sanctuaire. The kitchen was outstanding with everything you have and use in your own home. And with the many choices of restaurants in Southwest Michigan if you did not feel like cooking then a nice walk or quick drive to town was an excellent option. The living quarters were very comfortable. The bedrooms were nice especially the linens. Bathrooms were well stocked which in rental houses is not usually the case. A delightful deck and indoor 3 season room allowed for nice views of the yard, lake and hills. The boats and floating dock on the property were terrific. Nearby attractions abound..Golf, antiques stores, Warren Dunes, lots and lots of wineries, easy drive to Lake Michigan, horseback riding, nearby golf course to name a few. One highlight was Mom's Apple Pie at Sandra Kay's Bakery, seriously the best apple pie and don't miss the turnovers! We highly recommend Sanctuaire as the property is well maintained and the owners are responsive and interested in their renter's comfort. We'd like to return. You will enjoy your stay and feel right at home.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that you enjoyed the home so much and had an overall enjoyable time. We are very grateful for your feedback and hope to see you again soon. Thank you for being great guests!
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Map

Round Barn Winery
Warren Dunes State Park
Wheatberry Restaurant and Tavern
Greenbush Brewery
Round Barn Winery
Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail
Silver Beach County Park
Lemon Creek Winery
Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant
Domaine Berrien Cellars
Shawnee Road Antiques
Tabor Hill Champagne Cellar
Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Southwest Michigan Airport
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Tabor Hill Winery restaurant
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Weko Beach
Car: necessary

Amenities: Whisper soft Central Air conditioning, DIRECT TV (satellite), Large Plasma 47 inch TV, 1-mid size TV upstairs, 2 DVD/VCRs, work-out gym, canoe, row boat, coffee maker, microwave, toaster, blender, 2-door refrigerator, outdoor hot tub, indoor Jacuzzi tub, outdoor furnishings, (Maytag, new) washer/dryer, electric air heat, outdoor gas BBQ, telephone, dishes/utensils, 3 Ceiling-Fans, 3 skylights, 1 Wood-burning Stove Fireplace, 1 stone fireplace, 1 outdoor fireplace, 3 season room, fully equipped Kitchen, iron/ironing board, bath-linens, bed-linens, alarm-clock, radio, stereo, fax-machine, with Exceptional Views!

Activities: Fishing, swimming in the lake!, White water kayaking, Antique shopping, Theme parks, Outlet Shopping, Boating, Wine-Tasting, Winery Tours, skiing, Bike Tours, Outlet Shopping, Sight-seeing, Golf, Tennis, swimming, hiking and more!

Area: Less than 5 miles to the the local wineries and Lake Michigan, quick car ride to Union Pier, St. Joseph, Warren Dunes, Grand Mere State Park and Public Golf courses, bicycle and hiking trails on site, 45 minutes to Saugatuck.

Ski: Minutes to Union Pier, St. Joseph, Warren Dunes, Grand Mere State Park and Public Golf courses, bicycle and hiking trails on site, 45 minutes to Saugatuck.

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Rates & Availability

Union Pier Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Spring
Apr 8 2016 - May 25 2016
2 night minimum stay
$299
$1,899
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
 
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 2016 - May 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
$339
From
$329
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
 
HIgh season
Jun 18 2016 - Jul 1 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,999
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
July 4th week
Jul 2 2016 - Jul 8 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$2,499
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
 
Late summer
Jul 9 2016 - Aug 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
$2,199
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
 
Labor Day
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 6 2016
4 night minimum stay
$329
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$299
From
$309
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,799
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & Spa cleaning Fee $125 + Tax
Pet Fee $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date. Otherwise, based on best efforts to relet with administrative fee.

Rates are based on occupancy and specific dates. Seven night minimum stay from mid-June to the 3rd week in August. If partial week is available due to previous customer taking more than 7 nights, the reservation must be book for the remainder of the week. Saturday to Saturday booking encouraged during the high sesasons.The "Book it Now" feature may not capture all fees and occupancy rates so we encourage you to call or email before you book. Also- note that Rates are higher for holidays. We're very proud to offer a travel discount to active military, police/firemen, nurses and teachers subject to certain restrictions.We'd love to welcome you to Sanctuaire!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Southwest Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available
  • Dialup Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gym
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • ISDN Access
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 full bathrooms. Master Bedroom Bathroom has indoor Jacquzzi.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Loft - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , loft
    Living Room - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 Queen Futon plus Crib ( if needed)
    Gym - Small Gym with weights and equipment
  • Master Bedroom overlooks lake with floor to ceiling french doors. Luxury Stern & Foster KIng Mattress. Master bathroom has indoor Jacuzzi Bath. Second Bedroom has Queen Bed with full bath Loft space has 2 single beds with Queen Sofa Bed plus queen futon for extra sleeping spaces. Third Bedroom is used as GYM
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Rate is based on number of people and specific dates. We accept an exceptional dog guest upon prior written approval. Pet rental agreement, Dog fee together with Pet Security deposit required. Inquire with age, breed, and other relevant information. Also note that the 'Book it Now' feature does not capture accurate quotes so we encourage you to call with specific dates and occupancy for entire time. Thank you

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